21 Whiskey on the Lake

4:00 p.m.  Free Admission

Rather than risk being caught along the roads that crisscrossed the United States-Canadian border in New York and Vermont, many professional smugglers and others avoided lawmen altogether by using the open waters of Lake Champlain. Learn how these outlaws smuggled alcohol into the United States from Canada and how the U.S. Customs officers tried their best to stop the seemingly never-ending flow of booze between 1920 and 1933.

Join us for this exciting talk by Dr. Scott McLaughlin

27  Experience History Workshop: Functional Playtime

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ~ Included in the Price of Admission - Free for Members

In the 18th Century, playtime for children served a functional purpose as well as a recreational one. In many ways, children were considered small adults and expected to act a particular way. Toys were meant to reinforce skills and tasks for the roles these children would assume as adults. Come to the Homestead and learn about some of these games and try them for yourself!


 4 A Fence for Fanny's Garden

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ~ Included in the Price of Admission - Free for Members

Fences were critical for early gardening, while it was impossible to keep all critters out of the garden, fences usually were used to keep the livestock from eating the crops. The first few years on a homestead were the most difficult, and the fences around the garden was built with leftover brush from clearing the ground. Come to the Homestead and watch as our volunteers construct a brush fence around Fanny's garden!

11  The Ethan and Ira Challenge

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ~ Included in the Price of Admission - Free for Members

Legend has it that Ethan Allen and his brother Ira argued over who was the better woodsman, they settled the matter by having a race from Bennington to Burlington. Ethan, being big and burly, barreled straight through all natural obstacles. Ira, using his woodsmen skills used a longer, but more developed route. Reportedly they both arrived at the same time and celebrated their tie together. While this legend is most likely one of the many "tall tales" about Ethan Allen, it does provide a teachable moment!

Come to the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum on Saturday, October 11th from 10 a.m.- 4p.m. to learn some of the skills that 18th Century Woodsmen would have needed. This event is much more than demonstrations, all participants will get an opportunity to actually perform various tasks like lighting a fire using flint and steel, land navigation, military skills, finding resources on the land, and much more! In addition to a whole lot of educational fun, all participants will win a prize!